Crew's Rentería to miss return leg vs. Rapids

Forward will undergo surgery on Friday; O'Rourke done for season

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Crew coach Robert Warzycha knew Monday that forward Emilio Renteria would miss Thursday’s first Eastern Conference semifinal game at Colorado because of inflammation in his right knee.

But it wasn’t until Wednesday night after further testing that Warzycha learned that Rentería will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday for a meniscus tear and will likely miss the second game in Columbus on Nov. 6 as well.

“He may be on the bench the next game, but I doubt it,” Warzycha said before Thursday’s game. “Probably, it’s going to be the conference final.”

It has been a bad week medically for the Crew. On Sunday, starting goalkeeper William Hesmer suffered a fracture in the right shoulder and is done for the season. His recovery is expected to take three months.

Defender/midfielder Danny O'Rourke is also out after battling through a troublesome knee all season. He has not played since Sept. 18, albeit the cause of that was a bad back.

After resting for a few weeks, O’Rourke tried to resume training, but his knee would not hold up and he was ruled out of the playoffs earlier this week.

“[O’Rourke has] tried to come back twice,” Warzycha said. “He pushed himself and he still had pain. We decided the best thing in the club’s interest is to get the surgery now and get him ready for next season.”

Rentería, who had three goals in the past two games, was replaced in the starting lineup vs. Colorado by Steven Lenhart. Andy Gruenebaum made his first MLS start this season for Hesmer.

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